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GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Dan B.
  • 4/17/2013 5:52:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible board

Pros: It kinda works...ish.

Cons: 1. theres no support
2. bios has no options
3. usb drivers constantly drop off and stop working
4. software that came with it is a joke
5. It's not even broken and I have to replace it because of the above mentioned issues... beS.

Other Thoughts: This was my first try at a gigabyte board and is making me hesitant to purchase another from the company. The support is even worse.

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  • Joshua E.
  • 3/15/2013 5:16:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAWFUL!! Stay away from gigabyte boards at all cost

Pros: The motherboard looks good on paper until you order one and use it.

Cons: Gigabyte refuses to support their products. No ivy bridge support out of the box but I knew that was possible. The board intermittently freezes then shuts down several times a day (replaced and tested all components but motherboard to confirm). Gigabyte claims that this board supports ivy bridge processor when almost a year after ivy bridge has been released they still haven't released a bios that fully supports ivy bridge processors. The latest bios as of march 2013 still shows a locked multiplier for a 3570K cpu, effectively eliminating any benefit from paying extra for an unlocked cpu. I emailed gigabyte and their official response was "BUY A NEW MOTHERBOARD IF YOU WANT FULL IVY BRIDGE SUPPORT". This is ridiculous considering they claimed this motherboard supports ivy bridge processors. Never again will I deal with gigabyte.

Other Thoughts: This review is for the 1.1 version of the board; I highly doubt the the second revision is better. Gigabyte was a pretty good manufacturer in the past. Now, they are worthless. I strongly suggest going with ASROCK, ASUS, MSI for your computing needs

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  • Thomas W.
  • 1/4/2013 12:50:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSatisfaction

Pros: I used this for my first build. It worked right away.

1. Decently featured for the price.

2. mSATA slot: when I bought the board there weren't many such SSDs available and I haven't used it yet but I haven't forgot it and may use it later.

3. The User's Guide was full of good info - best to download it to view on a large screen. Appreciated the Touch BIOS utility.

4. The board was easy to configure for a beginner:

-I5_2500
-2X4GB Corsair Vengance 1600
-SSD SanDisk 128GB II
-2 X Seagate 1.5 TB HD
-Thermaltake Armor A60
-Themaltake TR2 650W
-Samsung DVD R/RW
- Gigabyte GT 430
-Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1255 tuner
-Win 7 64 bit

Cons: 1. After about 7 months boot loops started and after some successful corrections, the loops totally dominated. My troubleshooting led to the motherboard and I RMA'd it. The RMA process took about a month. My build has been running fine since August of 2012. When I asked questions of Gigabyte, they answered quickly. They told me that they had updated my BIOS. Although this is an experience I'd have liked to miss, I'm satisfied with Gigabyte's support.

2. I find the SATA ports, which point directly away from the right side of the board to be awkward to use.

Other Thoughts: With the BIOS update to my board, I can now use it for Ivy Bridge CPUs. If I bought this board now for Ivy Bridge use, it's not certain that the board would contain a BIOS level to handle that. If you don't want to do that BIOS upgrade yourself, RMA it to Gigabyte for that BIOS update.

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  • Kurt S.
  • 1/1/2013 1:25:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfollow up

Pros: still a pretty wonderful board. Crazy cool and fast operation with an i5 2400 and 8gb Mushkin 1.5v CL8 -7 - 7 -7 -20 ram.

Cons: not really a con.-had a boot loop, but pulled out of it

Other Thoughts: After trying cpu voltage options, -got that little boot loop thing. If you'll notice, any manual adjustment to cpu volts or LLC on this board turns off any voltage throttling. I'm wondering if the hang was somehow caused by the resultant overvoltage for low multiplier states?? Put those voltages back to stock/auto yet still running performance memory timings at 1333 and all is well. Extremely well. Perhaps attempts at overclocking on a simple non-digi vrm board like this should be done with EIST or certain C-states off? Anyhow, overclocking no longer necessary for me. This setup is giving me crazy fast and super efficient cpu and memory performance, -7.5 and 7.8 WEI scores, all at relatively low, low temperatures with merely a three heatpipe cooler. I did hand-pick my cpu out of three from an OEM tray...certainly a factor as I rough-guessed rated them on their abilies in memory control performance.

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  • Kurt S.
  • 12/20/2012 5:45:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfor those that like old school bios

Pros: It works. Great no-fuss memory performance a la Gigabyte.

Cons: parallel port. no esata.

Other Thoughts: I wqas looking for a board without a UEFI bios in a Z68 chipset and this is it. Works flawlessly.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/12/2012 3:12:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard for price

Pros: This board is a very great and durable board. It posted right away and although the BIOS is not UEFI but Hybrid UEFI it is still easy to navigate. Paired with an i7 2600K and was able to have a stable overclock of 4.2GHz on this board with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Reconigzed my DDR3 as 1666MHz right away. Also, supports SLI setups.

Cons: It did not automatically use my Nvidia GTX 560 Ti as the Primary Video Adapter. I had to use onboard video to go into BIOS in order to switch my Video Adapter to PCI-e. But I was going into BIOS anyways so it doesnt matter.

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  • Brett M.
  • 11/30/2012 6:45:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard!

Pros: Good motherboard. Been running without any issues for about 8 months now. I have never had any problems or instability issues with it.

Cons: Second PCIe slot is only x4 speed, but I don't seem to be losing that much performance vs x16.

Other Thoughts: Currently running:

2500k @ 4.0ghz
2X Radeon 5870s

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  • Ava /.
  • 10/22/2012 12:11:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice MOBO!

Pros: No DSDT needed for hackintosh (on UEFI BIOS)
Easy install
Ivy Bridge worked OOB

Cons: In order to flash my BIOS to UEFI I had to boot into FreeDos, all other methods failed.

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  • Michael D.
  • 9/22/2012 12:37:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

Pros: Fast, stable, good features, easy build.

Cons: A normal-size PCI-E video card makes accessing the SATA3 ports a little cumbersome. mSATA drives are a little hard to find to fill the mSATA slot.

Other Thoughts: Mine is paired with i5 2500K CPU. Everything works excatly as expected. Very smooth build.

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  • Randall G.
  • 9/10/2012 6:42:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRMA'd

Pros: Looked like a nice board with good features.

Cons: Wouldn't start up. Boot loop failure. Also, it was rev. 1 instead of the advertised rev. 2.

Other Thoughts: Wish I would have read the other comments more carefully. I think they got a bad batch.

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